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Poster: user unknown Date: Jul 7, 2012 6:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

Buddhist and GD lyricist Peter Zimels (also known as Peter Monk) served as a spiritual leader for the Dead and their extended family.

Peter Richard Zimels (aka Peter Monk, born 21st March 1937, Brooklyn, NY, USA - died 27th May 1992, Mendocino, CA, USA).

US Navy officer, Greenwich Village Beat Poet, Ordained Theravada Monk, Songwriter. Travelled extensively in Asia from at least 1964 & together with his friend Ian Rutherford visited the Sanskrit University, Banaras in 1965 & they then spent the winter of 1965/66 as part of the monastic community at the Ananda Kuti Vihar on Swayambhunath Hill, Kathmandu, Nepal under the direction of it's abbot, the Venerable Amritananda Maha Thera.

Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Adams Garcia on marrying Jerry:
"We thought it would be a good idea [to get married]. We thought it would work out and getting a place together in Marin was the plan. I’d been planning to get married for really a long time, it just hadn’t happened. So finally we found a time and a place and I don’t know, it just kind of came together. It was a beautiful ceremony. My friend Peter Zimels was a Tibetan monk. He did the whole thing in full Tibetan regalia with brass bells. It was delightful. We were backstage at the Oakland Auditorium under the stairs."

Read more: http://tinyurl.com/82orhgx


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Poster: GraceofGod Date: Jul 9, 2013 11:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

oh please, please contact me about Peter. Please, please. Who are you? Who?
jhafker@aol.com

Once upon a time in my wildest dreams...

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Poster: Anandakuti Date: Oct 23, 2013 11:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

Just came on your post a year later. I knew Peter quite well, was with him every day for about a year at Anandakuti monastery. Get in touch and I'll tell you about it.

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Poster: GraceofGod Date: Oct 23, 2013 4:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

Still trying to comprehend finding Peter for first time since late March of 69. You understand.

Any Monkish friend of Peters is a dear friend of mine. Do you wish to speak about him here? He might love that, and again, might not, but finding Peter, as it were, has brought back so much of that crazy off the chart past I would love to hear more. Let's face it, WHO ends up a monk in East Asia? No one. What a trip.

And of course you realize that once I jammed out all that information here I really, really wanted to erase it. Now I'm glad I didn't.

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Poster: Cuse15420 Date: Jul 7, 2012 10:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

Awesome! I love this forum. Great info, I am glad I asked.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Jul 7, 2012 12:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

Cuse! Dig your recs over at heady version. My alter ego is coralsandbelow. Didn't know you posted here...

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Poster: Cuse15420 Date: Jul 8, 2012 6:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

Been a while since I been here...used to be religious here (tho rarely posting)...Likewise on your picks over there, what a great site huh? I have enjoyed the discussions here for a long time, and it's good to know who's who on the sites. The link containing the MG quote is worth checking out, if you haven't.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jul 7, 2012 11:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

Glad to be of assistance.

Truth be told, after discovering his real name was Zimels it became a rather easy search. Don't ya just love Google?

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Jul 7, 2012 10:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

""Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Adams Garcia on marrying Jerry:
We were backstage at the Oakland Auditorium under the stairs.""


That would be the 1981 NYE with the Dark Star - Bertha 4th set (if you count the Joan set as #1). I saw a lot of shows, many from the front row - that one included. Jerry was ridiculously wasted that night. He looked to be tripping his face off. That steely smile that stretches your face to unnatural proportions. It was intense and something I never saw again, I saw him wasted in later years but not in a happy way like that night.

When he and Joan were doing Baby Blue at the end Jerry was obviously making her very uncomfortable - he looked like a crazed street psycho...if you listen to that version you can hear Jerry schooling Joan on how to put some emotion into her sterile voice...I doubt if she got it, but Jerry sounds just stunning on that version. Its something burned forever into my mental hard drive.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 7, 2012 11:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

Didn't Baez contribute her own weirdness to Baby Blue? Her and Jerry clashing vocally (again, 12-12-81) and her 'dancing'. I would have told MH to leave his G/F at home!

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Jul 7, 2012 1:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

The weirdness she contributed was that Jerry got to mess with an "off the bus" "straight" on his home turf, it was really funny. She looked scared as Jerry was beaming that radiant energy that escapes through the cracks of the veneer when you are in that state. The "Forget about the Dead" line is particularly impressive.

12/12/81 Jerry skipped Baby Blue and Joan sang it by herself. He didn't seem too into the Joan thing...but I guess he was obliged to be Hart's wingman.

That NYE was the last I saw of Joan and the Dead...Thank God! Unfortunately not the last time I saw her attempt to overshadow another performer on stage, even when she was the guest- I saw a couple of Bread and Roses shows.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jul 7, 2012 11:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

Interesting link. I didn't know about the connection between the guy who married Jerry and MG in '81 and the monastery at Swayambhunath. I know that place pretty well.

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Poster: GraceofGod Date: Jul 9, 2013 11:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

who are you? Please tell me who you are. How do you know this? Is this Carolyn? I'm Grace, from Harbinger. Please please get back to me. This is so weird, I was just talking to a neighbor about my crazy younger days and started googling and I'm find TONS of people. Tons. My mind is pretty blown into a million molecules right now, but whoever this is you must get back to me, ok?
jhafker@aol.com

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Poster: stacytruex Date: Aug 13, 2012 1:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

I was with Peter in Nepal for a time in 1966, and then by post over the years. Co-incidently.I also went to high school with carolyn adams,MG. Peter was an ordained,I believe, Hinayana monk. Hence his connection with Ananda Kuti which is a Monastery and school located on the hillside of Swayambhunath. I am curious about how he somehow became a tibetan monk.Was this a reordination? Is there such a thing? This is troubling to me,as are the details of his death,which no one seems to know or want to tell me.

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Poster: GraceofGod Date: Jul 9, 2013 11:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

Peter went with a begging bowl all through Thailand also, as you probably know. In 1969 in SF he had hooked up with what he introduced me to as the actual understudy for the real Dahli Lammah (sp who cares). Peter brought the guy up to Harbinger and made a big deal of introducing us and this is what is almost SNL stuff, all the guy said to me was stuff like, "you must study". I actually laughed aloud. That's all he had to say. Just pat trite statements, but I really liked the guy. I'm positive that friendship continued there in SF. Hence Tibetan? Would love to hear from you as Peter was truly one of a kind then the mold was thrown away. He ended up being a constant memory through the years. jhafker@aol.com

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Jul 7, 2012 6:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

Thanks for including the link to all those recollections of Jerry. I especially liked Bill's comment down near the bottom, "He was a really gentle, neat guy. He had the most loving eyes. He would look at you and you would feel nothing but love."

Psychedelic bodhisattva...

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jul 7, 2012 6:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

I thought there might be someone else here that would appreciate the link.

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Poster: stacytruex Date: Aug 13, 2012 1:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

I was with Peter in Nepal in 1966.Coincidently I was in High school previously with Carolyn Adams. I am curious how Peter became a tibtan monk,or did he just manage to find robes somewhere? I also wonder how he died. Noone knows or wants to tell me.

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Poster: Anandakuti Date: Oct 23, 2013 11:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Passenger'...Who is PETER MONK???

Penelope, is that you? It's David from long ago, Peter's friend, and yours too for a brief time. Say hello . . .